Fontana and Lechner are Maremma Cup Winners
The Maremma Cup on its second year featured two cross-country races in the town of Massa Marittima with a challenging four short-track events that stretched out to other historical sites and towns which run within the period of two weeks of exciting races.
In the overall ranking of open men, Marco Aurelio Fontana won the Maremma Cup in Italy. He was followed by Florian Vogel in second place and Nino Schurter on third.
The race began with Fontana, Vogel and Ralph Näf in the lead. They placed an eighteen second distance between them and the rest of the pack. It was quite unfortunate that Näf could not maintain the pace he set and was soon separated from the lead.
Näf was soon replaced by Schurter who edged over Absalon. This was similar to what happened in 2009’s World Championships in Canberra, Australia.
Back at the front, Fontana and Vogel were neck to neck until the latter experienced some mechanical difficulties. This was the opening Fontana needed and he took it, making him the champion and Vogel coming in, less than thirty seconds later.
Together with his victory last February 28, Fontana’s win at Massa Marittima this weekend, he became the overall champion of the 2010 Maremma Cup.
The women’s race was as exciting as the men’s. The two contenders for gold were Eva Lechner and Nathalie Schneitter. Both women are from the Colnago team. They set the pace for the rest of the riders and come second lap, they managed to place an advantage of one minute between them and the other cyclists like Cecile Ravanel, Tereza Hurikova, and Blaza Klemencic.
Hurikova had to stop after breaking a gear on the third lap, putting Ravanel on third place while Lechner breaking away from Schneitter on the third lap swooped down alone to the finish line. She finished with almost a 2 minute margin ahead of Ravanel and a 46 second advantage over Schneitter at the end of the race.